Shingles, Tiles, Shakes, Panels? What To Consider When Choosing A Roof For Your Home

Shingles, Tiles, Shakes, Panels? What To Consider When Choosing A Roof For Your Home
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    Whether it be to replace an old drafty roof, repair holes, or add value to your home, it has never been a better time to replace your roof.

    The national average of value added to a home following a roof replacement is $12,000.

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That’s great news for anyone looking to make a few more bucks when putting their home on the market. There have also been several advancements in the technology of shingles. But to find the right roof for your home’s needs, there are a few things to consider when choosing a roof for your home.

Overall Cost

Let’s start with the most obvious one: cost. When going into a big project like roof replacement, you should know what you’re getting yourself into. Consider the shape of your roof. Roofs with no chimneys or turrets to work around will be much less expensive to install than those with multiple chimneys and complex designs. The types of shingles you choose will also affect the cost, but the shape of the roof is a good indication of a base line. Speaking with a roofing professional about your ideas can also be a big help in steering you in the right direction to stay within your budget.

Types of Materials

You will have a large variety of materials to choose from that may begin to blur together. Remember that certain roofs cannot handle particular shingles. For example, slate and tile are too heavy for most houses to handle. The most common type of shingle used in residential homes is asphalt. This can come in a single-thickness variation or a thicker laminated variation. Laminated asphalt shingles last twice as long but come with a higher price tag. A. Clark Roofing who does metal roofing in Edmonton Alberta has said metal roofing is extremely durable. However, in most cases it can be up to 5 times as expensive as laminated asphalt. You can choose between aluminum, copper, steel, and copper-and-asphalt.

Curb Appeal

What are your motivations for replacing your roof? If your aim is to sell the home, you’ll likely want it to be as attractive as possible to make your home’s photos stick out in online listings. Choose a roof that both complements your home’s overall look and stands out as a classic widely-appealing style.

Environment

Different parts of the country obviously have varying types of weather. If you go to the southwestern part of the country, you’ll see a great deal of homes that have the red terracotta tile style roofs due to the fact that those types of roofs tend to do better in the heat. Going up into the mountains, you tend to see a lot of metal roofs due to the intense cold, and amount of snow that most mountains in the winter face. Depending on what your area, again, roof choice is important to consider when remodeling or building your home. 

Upgrading your roof is a huge project to take on, but by keeping these considerations in mind, you will get exactly the look and feel that your beautiful home deserves.

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